Headline results of noteworthy competitions around the world:
● ALPINE SKIING ● The annual Slalom competitions in Levi, Finland, ended with a fourth reindeer for American superstar Mikaela Shiffrin.
It’s her 41st career World Cup Slalom win, giving her the career record over Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark (1974-89), and her 61st career victory. Winners are “awarded” a reindeer, meaning they get to name the animal; Shiffrin previously named Rudolph (2013), Sven (2016) and Mr. Gru (2018), and decided to call this one Ingemar, in honor of the great Stenmark.
Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen won the men’s Slalom, his second win in Levi, coming from fourth to first on the second run. He called his reindeer Trenki.
● ARCHERY ● Canada’s Crispin Duenas and Korean Young Keyong Kim won the GT Open in Luxembourg, the second event in the World Archery Indoor World Series. Duenas defeated Willem Bakker (NED) in the final, while Kim bested 2016 Olympic Champion Hye-Jin Chang (KOR), with American teen Casey Kaufhold third. More here.
● BOBSLED ● The Women’s Monobob is being added to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games program in Beijing, China, so it’s being contested now by the IBSF.
The first two events took place in Lake Placid, New York (18th) and Lillehammer, Norway (20th), with Canada’s Cynthia Appiah winning in the U.S. over Yooran Kim (KOR), 1:57.65-1:58.23, and Russia’s Anastasia Makarova (1:56.56) taking the win in Norway vs. Margot Boch (FRA: 1:56.64). More here.
● FIGURE SKATING ● Japan’s double Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu was the headliner at the NHK Trophy meet in Sapporo, Japan, the final leg in the ISU Grand Prix, winning the men’s division easily.
Hanyu won both the Short Program and Free Skate to overwhelm the field with 305.05 points, to 250.02 for runner-up Kevin Aymoz (FRA). He will face American Nathan Chen in an eagerly-awaited Grand Prix Final on December 5-8 in Turin (ITA).
Russia’s Alena Kostornaia (240.00) won both segments to edge Japan’s Rika Kihira (231.84) in the women’s division; same for World Champions Wenjing Sui and Cong Han (CHN) in Pairs with 226.96 to 208.49 for Canada’s Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro. In Ice Dance, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron (FRA: 226.61) were decisive winners over Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin (RUS: 208.81). More here.
● GYMNASTICS ● The FIG Artistic World Cup season ended with the 44th Turnier des Meister in Cottbus (GER), with China winning four of the 10 events. Hao Weng won the Pommel Horse and 2014 World Champion Yang Liu won the Rings; in the women’s division, Linmin Yu won the Vault and 2015-17 World Champion Yilin Fan won the Uneven Bars. Ukraine’s Rio Olympic champ Oleg Verniaiev won the Parallel Bars. More here.
● LUGE ● Austria’s Jonas Mueller was an upset winner in the World Cup season opener in Innsbruck, edging Russia’s Roman Repilov, 1:41.015-1:41.162.
Russian Tatyana Ivanova won the women’s racing, winning the second run to finish just ahead of American Summer Britcher, 1:21.304-1:21.414. Perennial winners Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken (GER) led a German 1-2 over Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt, 1:20.732-1:20.741. More here.
● SKI JUMPING ● Norway’s Daniel Andre Tande won the World Cup season-opener, winning by 241.4-225.6 over Slovenian Anze Lanisek in Wisla, Poland.
● SPEED SKATING ● Dutch skaters won four individual events at the second stop of the ISU World Cup in Tomaszow Mazowlecki (POL), with World Champion Thomas Krol winning the men’s 1,500 m, World Allround Champion Patrick Roest winning the 3,000 m, five-time Olympic gold medalist Ireen Wust taking the women’s 1,500 m and Irene Schouten won the Mass Start. The amazing Martina Sabilkova (CZE), winner of 20 World Championships golds (!) won the women’s 3,000 m, and American Joey Mantia, the two-time World Champion, won the Mass Start event. More here.
● SWIMMING ● The final “regular-season” meet of the International Swimming League took place in London (GBR), with Energy Standard (467.5) and the London Roar (458.5) winning the European Derby to advance to the finals in Las Vegas on December 20-21.
South Africa’s Chad Le Clos and Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – both from Energy Standard – were 1-2 in the Most Valuable Player standings at 44.5 and 44.0 points. Australia’s Minna Atherton scared the world Short-Course record in the women’s 200 m Backstroke, swimming 1:59.25, just 0.02 off Hungarian star Katinka Hosszu’s 2014 mark of 1:59.23. More here.